General Assembly confirms Jordan’s Prince Zeid as new UN human rights chief

NEW YORK: The United Nations General Assembly has unanimously approved Prince Zeid Ra ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, succeeding Navi Pillay of South Africa.

“I am going to be the first High Commissioner from the Asian continent and from the Muslim and Arab worlds,” Prince Zeid said after the 193-member body approved his appointment by consensus.

“Needless to say this reflects the commitment of the international community towards this important dossier and its commitment to push it forward in this continent as well as in other regions of the world,” he added.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon nominated Prince Zeid, who is currently Jordan s Permanent Representative to the UN, earlier this month to replace Ms. Pillay, whose term lasts until the end of August.